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NEWS

110 million euro to develop Florence

On November 5, 2016, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Florence Mayor Dario Nardella signed an agreement (the “Florence Pact”), which earmarks 110 million euro, in addition to the previously established 680 ...

NEWS

Airbnb lands in Florence

Airbnb conquers Florence: more and people are using the popular online portal to find accommodation in Florence. The premise is simple: Airbnb connects those in search of short-term rentals with people who have space to rent. According to the website Airdna, which crunches Airbnb rental data and analytics, to

COMMUNITY

Beatrice Grassi, President of Consorzio Firenze Albergo

The week after Ferragosto is curiously quiet in Florence, but while the locals have deserted the city in search of water fights on Tuscany’s beaches, Florence’s hotels are still busy welcoming guests from all over the world. The Florentine met with Beatrice Grassi, president of Consorzio

THINGS TO DO

What Florence can gain from Hollywood

Love him or hate him, Dan Brown deserves a huge thumbs up for having done more for the Florentine economy in a relatively short period of time than anyone else in recent years. First came the book, Inferno (theflr.net/o0xc19) in 2013, in which The Florentine got name-dropped.

COMMUNITY

Meet the president of Florence’s Chamber of Commerce

With Expo 2015 in nearby Milan and myriad other international events, such as the Flora Firenze flower show in May and Pope Francis’ visit in November, this is a year of opportunity for Tuscan businesses. The Florentine spoke with Leonardo Bassilichi, president of Florence’s Chamber of Commerce,

COMMUNITY

Tax debate

Ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi once famously claimed that the evasion of high taxes is a ‘God-given right.’ As many European nations grapple with debt crises, the costs of rampant tax evasion are once again at the forefront of public debates in Italy. Reports from the country&

COMMUNITY

Flux out

Once upon a time we called it the ‘brain drain,’ implying that anyone with a decent degree, a mind in fabulous working order and some half-cooked English could get a far better job and pay outside Italy. We also called it an ‘event,’ an ‘

FOOD + WINE

Melinda

Although apples, a classic harbinger of autumn, have been grown in Italy for more than 2,000 years, most people are surprised to learn that Italy is one of the two prime European producers of fresh apples, supplying 30 percent of the demand in the 15 EU member states and

COMMUNITY

Minding your business

Any foreigner living in an international city like Florence for an extended period of time will inevitably experience cultural clashes here and there. When dietary habits or matters of style and taste are the sources of confusion, it’s easy to laugh off your occasional cultural clumsiness and move

COMMUNITY

More than shared coffee breaks

Not that long ago, the only facilities in Florence for travelling business professionals or those without permanent office spaces were those offered by Marconi World Office, Centro Servizi Firenze Nord and Executive Service, all of which still provide offices and support services but with prices and facilities aimed at top

COMMUNITY

Internships in Italy

Placing interns at a local business in Florence is a service offered by an increasing number of American universities with campuses in Florence, such as Syracuse University (theflr.net/syracuse), and professional intern placement agencies, such as Global Experiences (theflr.net/globalexperiences). While most internships are in social media and

COMMUNITY

The volunteer economy

Culturally and historically, Italy does not have an overtly philanthropic nature, or perhaps it is fairer to say that, traditionally speaking, giving back to the community has not represented a mainstream mentality: while the important charity work of confraternities and the like have centuries of history, and Italy is at

COMMUNITY

The cost of living in Italy

Are you going to Italy in order to work and live in the land of pizza, pasta and great coffee? If so, you are surely interested in the costs of living there. And while it is near impossible to give exact numbers, we’d like to at least try

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The changing faces of Tuscan tourism

Once upon a time, we talked about change across centuries, generations and decades. Of late, time has condensed, shrunk and undergone inverse exponentialism. Now we can actually talk about astounding changes to the face of Tuscan tourism in terms of months.   In general terms, the ‘hardcore’ Tuscan

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The Dan Brown economy

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013: The Florentine has just released its Inferno Florence Guide app. Written by TF editors, the guide takes you through the places of Inferno, giving you historical and visitor information about the locations experienced by the book's protagonists to get to know Florence in depth. Download

COMMUNITY

The nonni economy

If you are thinking about having children in Italy, you probably need to sit down in front of a Google spreadsheet and first start playing with some numbers. Among the obvious costs associated with children (adequate housing, food, clothes, toys, possibly private schooling) is the glaringly large figure that is

NEWS

Florence is ‘capital of Europe’

As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence and the region of Tuscany have long had a ‘European calling.’ For this reason, Florence was chosen as the home of the European University Institute (EUI), which studies the activities and development of the European Union (EU). Now, Florence has

COMMUNITY

Prato’s PIN

To say that the Polo Universitario Città di Prato (PIN) is a satellite campus of the University of Florence seems reductive, but it is the most immediate way to label this innovative educational structure. In truth, with more research labs than degree courses, PIN is a small university that,

COMMUNITY

Makers in Tuscany

Florence is known for its traditional artisans who work leather, paper, and other materials—many of whom we have ‘met’ on the pages of The Florentine. Today, however, there’s a new type of nontraditional artisan whose tools include lasers and 3D printers. They’re

COMMUNITY

Stealing jobs or stimulating the economy?

Italy is struggling with one of the most difficult recessions in the last 50 years. Unemployment has peaked at 11 percent, with youth and women, especially in the south, suffering the most from the stagnant economy and lack of jobs. But what about the almost 5 million foreign-born residents,

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Power to the people

The Internet and the new interpretation of freedom of speech it offers has long been causing headaches to many different members of global society: governments, businesses and individuals. However, many are now learning to manage it rather than fight it. With some surprising results.   Two years ago, TripAdvisor was

COMMUNITY

The economics of study abroad

There are many students arriving this September anxious to explore a new city, culture, and nightlife options. But how many of them have considered the economic and cultural impact of their three- or four-month stay in Florence? Study abroad is an extended form of cultural tourism that, beyond personal

COMMUNITY

Blood is thicker than water

Sometimes the best innovation is right under our noses and we just need help seeing it. At a time when economists are desperately searching for sustainable business models that go ...

COMMUNITY

Digital Tuscany

By now it's understood that if Italy's economy is going to have any kind of future, we have to make some pretty giant leaps in terms of digital acceptance, appreciation and infrastructure. The statistics speak loud and clear. We need to go digital, and we need to do

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